The Carcassi Brothers were probably pupils of Giovanni Battista Gabrielli who was the leading violin maker in Florence in the mid-18th century. At that time the predominant influence among the Florentine makers was Jacob Stainer. Usually the brothers produced instruments in collaboration, using the Carcassi Brothers label, but sometimes they worked independently.
The instruments of the Carcassi Brothers successfully combine a sometimes exaggerated but elegant f-hole, inspired by Stainer, with a distinctly Italian tone and appearance.
This violin is a typical example of the brothers’ work. The wood used is of outstanding quality. The one-piece back shows a regular narrow flame sweeping gently from left to right. The front is of the usual composition of two matched pieces of flawless narrow grain alpine spruce. The deep amber ground combined with orange-brown varnish is stunning.